by Pete McCole His Kasey Kahne finally broke through to collect his first win of the 2014 season and punched his ticket into the Chase for the Sprint Cup and a chance for his first career Sprint Cup championship. Kahne grabbed the lead following a restart in the second green-white-checker overtime session, sweeping past Matt Kenseth and then holding him off through the final lap to cap a wild finish.
by Pete McCole Kevin Harvick scored a dominating victory in Saturday night's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway to notch his third win of the season and his second-consecutive Atlanta Nationwide win. Harvick led the final 159 laps to beat out fellow Sprint Cup driver Joey Logano and Sprint Cup rookie contender Kyle Larson, earning his 43rd-career Nationwide victory and his third-career win at Atlanta.
by Pete McCole Kevin Harvick won the pole the in Friday's qualifying session for Sunday's Oral-B USA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Harvick's series- leading sixth pole of the season came just hours after his teammate and team co-owner Tony Stewart made an emotional statement in his first public appearance since being involved in a fatal sprint car accident at Canandaigua Speedway that claimed the life of a driver Kevin Ward, Jr.
Regarding death of Kevin Ward Jr. Tony Stewart says the death of Kevin Ward Jr. will "affect my life forever" as he returned to the track for the first time since his car struck and killed the fellow driver during a sprint-car race in New York. "This is been one of the toughest tragedies I've ever had to deal with, both professionally and personally. This is something that will definitely affect my life forever," said Stewart, who has missed the past three Sprint Cup races after Ward's death on Aug. 9. "This is a sadness and a pain that I hope no one has to experience in their life. That being said, I know that the pain and the mourning that Kevin Ward's family and friends are experiencing is something that I can't possibly imagine."
All three major series NASCAR released its 2015 schedule of races for all three of its national series on Tuesday, realigning the dates for several tracks, including moving the Southern 500 back to its traditional spot on Labor Day weekend. Changes for Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Darlington Raceway are among the major alterations to the 36-race NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, plus two non-points events. The season begins Feb. 22 with the season-opening Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway and ends Nov. 22 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, site of the season finale since 2002.
by Pete McCole Joey Logano picked up his first-career Bristol Motor Speedway victory on Saturday night, beating out his Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski for his third win of the season and a share of the lead in the standings for the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Logano passed Matt Kenseth for the lead with 44 laps to go and then held off Keselowski in the final lap to secure his sixth-career Sprint Cup victory. Kenseth held on for third, followed by Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch.
Jeff Gordon to start 2nd Kevin Harvick won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway denying Jeff Gordon his third straight pole in the Sprint Cup Series. Harvick scored his fifth pole of the season and the 11th of his career with a fast lap of 131.362 mph in the final round of qualifying. That set a new track record at Bristol. Gordon topped the first round of qualifying and will join Harvick on the front row.
by Pete McCole NASCAR's worst-kept secret has finally been revealed and one of the sport's most coveted free-agents is now off the market. Joe Gibbs Racing announced today they have signed Carl Edwards to a multi-year deal to drive for a new fourth car to their Sprint Cup team for the 2015 season. Edwards will drive the no. 19 Toyota Camry with sponsorship from telecommunications company ARRIS Group, Inc. for 17 races.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Jeff Gordon passed Joey Logano on a restart with 17 laps to go and held off the field to win the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. Gordon has 91 career wins on the premier circuit, which ranks first among active drivers and third all-time. It was the third time he's won at Michigan, and the first time in over 13 years.
Sets new track record Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, set a track qualifying record en route to winning the pole for the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Friday. Gordon turned in a fast lap of 206.558 mph around the two-mile oval. It is the seventh-fastest qualifying speed in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history.
by Brian Carroccio I've written nothing yet about the accident Saturday evening which claimed the life of 20 year-old sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. As you surely know, Ward was fatally injured Saturday evening at Canandaigua Motorsports Park after the right rear tire of a sprint car driven by NASCAR star Tony Stewart struck him. Amateur video showed Ward had gotten into the wall a lap earlier while racing with Stewart, got out of his car after the accident and seemed to be walking in the direction of Stewart's car frustrated by what had happened. Suddenly, Stewart's right rear tire struck Ward, apparently sending him under the tire, then violently through the air, where he landed on the track.
3 Lessons From the Tony Stewart-Kevin Ward Tragedy
by Stephen Cox Most of the racing world now knows that sprint car driver Kevin Ward, Jr. was killed after being hit by Tony Stewart's car during a race this past weekend at New York's Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Volumes will be written about this incident for months to come, but a few lessons are already evident.
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